Juan de Lascurain is an artist/designer from Mexico City. Six years ago while sitting at a table he picked up a black marker and a pen and did his first painting without realizing that it would change his life forever. A few days later a lady saw it and asked him if he was an artist.
He had never painted anything in his life, he spent his youth playing tennis and competing in triathlons around the world. Today, his commercial brand called Dream Big is being commerialized around the world and he continues to paint. He has participated in numerous biennals, solo exhibits and just started to get invited to paint murals in Colombia and France.
Some of his collaborations include companies like, Emaux de Longwy, Cultural department of Monterrey Mexico, Cultural department of Cali, Colombia, Museo Diego Rivera, Art Basel, Tuuci company and others.
In this episode Sergio talks about one strategy to adopt when looking for international opportunities for your art. In 2018, Sergio was subject of four solo museum shows in three different countries. He talks about what it takes and one specific strategy that will help you get outside of your country and into the world.
Born and raised in the Chicago area Fred Moss was drawing and sketching the world around him from an early age. He grew up visiting the Chicago Art Institute, often admiring the outstanding impressionistic and classical painting collection. He also saw the traveling shows, and was influenced by the master painters and Impressionist shows.
He attended the College for Creative Studies after receiving a partial school grant and earned a bachelor’s degree. After graduation he studied with renowned painter Romel De La Torre, who helped him convey on canvas his thoughts and feelings. He also studied at the Florence Academy of Art in his grandparents’ native country, Italy. There he found a subject matter that inspired him—the scenic towns and countrysides of Italy. Fred painted Florence, Lake Como, Venetian canals, and hiked the mountains of the Cinque Terre looking for scenic views to capture on canvas.
In 2007 he was accepted into the American Impressionist Society's Annual National Juried Exhibition for his painting of "Springtime Flowers" which was held at Hilligoss Galleries in Chicago. In 2008 he was accepted into the American Impressionist Society’s Annual Juried Exhibition for his painting of “Rose Garden” which was held at Coda Gallery in California. In 2008 he had a solo show at the North Charleston City Gallery. In 2011 he had a painting in ArtPrize, which is a global art competition held in Grand Rapids Michigan. In 2014 he was commissioned to paint a public art “horse of honor”. Each horse was dedicated to a Chicago police officer who was killed or injured in the line of duty. The exhibit featured life size statues of Chicago mounted patrol units that were each artistically designed by local Chicago artists. The exhibit benefited the Chicago memorial foundation. In 2017 he was commissioned to paint a public art “K9” statue. Each K9 statue was of K9 officers. Fred created a Chicago Blackhawks themed K9 that was signed by the Chicago Blackhawks team. In 2014 he had a solo exhibition at the Harold Washington Chicago Library of “Impressions of Chicago Gardens”. He has exhibited in several galleries and shows which include the Hinsdale Center for the Arts, Beverly Art Center, Karen Solem’s Gallery, 7013 Studio, Hinsdale gallery, Arlington Heights Historical Museum, Elmhurst Artist Guild, Mainstreet Art Center, and Silhouettes Fifth Annual Exhibit. During 2004 and 2005 he participated at Art in the Barn, a juried art show. He has also painted Chicago and Italy cityscapes for limited edition prints which were signed, numbered, then distributed and sold in the Chicagoland area. Chicago city hall has one of his prints hanging there.
His painting "Cliffside View of Vernazza" was a finalist in the May Art Muse Contest. And his painting "Gliding Gondola" was a finalist in the January Art Muse Contest.
Over the years, he has done painting demonstrations for Friendship Village, taught oil painting at Art Cube Studios, and taught a workshop at the Elmhurst Art Guild about the use of computers by artists. Fred is now working on paintings of National Parks.
The skills you need to succeed in 2018 are probably very different from those you needed say 20 years ago. Yet, there are skills such as the ability to work with others that still remain as important regardless of time. I consider the skills I share in this episode essential in the context of today. If you don't think you have these skills or you think you need to get better at any of them, I give you resources to follow.
Didi Menendez (Cuban born) is the creator and publisher of PoetsArtists. She has been curating group exhibitions since 2013 mostly with Sergio Gomez at the Zhou B Art Center. In 2018 she has several group exhibitions planned including WTF at Art Palm Beach International, Visions of Venus/Venus’ Visions curated by Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt, Painting The Figure Now curated by Walt Morton, Chronicles of a Future Foretold curated by Dr. Samuel Peralta, The Human Condition curated by Steven DaLuz and she has already made plans for the 2019 season. Catch all of her upcoming publication and exhibition calls at www.poetsandartists.com.
In this mini-podcast, creative attorney Patrice Perkins talks about the process to trademark your art work.
In this mini podcast episode, creative attorney Patrice Perkins talks about the benefits of registering your work for copyright.
In this mini episode art expert and appraiser Ruth Crnkovich discuses artists donating art to public museums and what the law says can and cannot be deducted.
In this mini episode, art expert and certified appraiser Ruth Crnkovich talks about the reasons why artists may or may not consider putting their work for auction.
In this podcast episode, Justin Antony, co-founder of Artwork Archive discusses how to manage your art career, save time, be organized and productive. Additionally, he shares valuable insights into current and upcoming features of Artwork Archive.
In this mini-episode, curator and professional art appraiser Ruth Crnkovich answers the question of how to price your own artwork.
In this mini-episode, artist and gallery director Dan Addington answers the question of how artists should approach and get into art galleries. Do to miss this practical advice.
In this mini-episode, artist Steve Prince answers the question of why artists need to be part of an art community. If you want to listen to the full podcast episode, listen to episode number 006 of the Art Next Level podcast.
In this episode, Sergio Gomez shares why you should have an Electronic Press Kit for Artists. He talks about how to use and how to make one. Listen to this episode and make a Press Kit to add to your arsenal of marketing tools.
I am Christy Lee, better known as Christybomb, a visual artist based out of New York City and Charleston, WV. The "Christybomb" moniker was given to me by friends because of the energy and vivaciousness embodied within my art. I was born in Louisville, Kentucky and graduated from the University of North Florida with a bachelor's degree in biology and a minor in public health. In spite of my research biologist training, I ultimately came to the realization that creating art could be more than a hobby.
This realization occurred when I was living in Japan after the tsunami and earthquake of 2011, with the subsequent reflection and introspection that resulted from this upheaval. I was inspired to create a completely self-taught portfolio of work, which resulted in my acceptance into the prestigious MFA Fine Arts program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where I received my MFA in Fine Arts degree.
One of the more significant accomplishments of my formal education was bringing glitter and other craft materials to academia, and exhibiting them in academic spaces. My art practice has developed in such a way that I now pull from my scientific background, my self-taught art training, as well as from my academic, traditional artist education. I would say that it is the marriage of these aspects of my background and personality that have resulted in my unconventional style.
Since then, I have shown both at major art fairs and in international exhibitions as well as having completed large commissions for public spaces. My work has been acquired by major private collections and a foreign museum. More recently, I have also ventured into Design, where I have worldwide exclusive licensing representation. I continue to exhibit my work regularly at a variety of venues and locations.
Childhood Fractured is a Humanities based Human Rights Initiative centered on exploring, defining, and preventing the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. The foundation of this project is a series of 13 paintings each with a written narrative meant to explore the childhood sexual abuse of artist, Allen Vandever. This contemporary artwork functions as a creative interface for the public to be made aware of the realities of childhood sexual abuse told from the male perspective and to foster constructive, critical, and positive dialogues on this topic. The artwork and their respective narratives are currently being compiled into a book. This book will also feature expository writings on the topic of childhood sexual abuse, current medical research, and critical analysis of what we can do as a society in relation to childhood sexual abuse and exploitation.
Charles Gniech is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Joliet Junior College and has been teaching at various colleges and universities for more then twenty-five years. Chuck served as Curator for the galleries of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago from 2002-2013 and acted as the Collections Curator for the Institute’s Corporate Fine Art Collection. In 2013, acting as Curator-at-Large, Chuck launched two traveling group exhibitions—one that addresses human rights issues and the other exploring visual harmony in contemporary art.
In March 2016, he was a member of a four-person panel that presented a session titled "Change Artists-Using the Arts to Leverage Change" at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, 60th Session. In February of 2017, Chuck acted as a Session Chair at the College Art Association, 105th Annual Conference in New York, where the three-member panel defined the ability of fine art to confront social issues on a global scale.
Chuck holds a Master of Fine Art degree with an emphasis in painting and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in illustration, both from Northern Illinois University. While teaching, curating, and consulting, he continues to paint and exhibits at the national level.
Chucks paintings have been included into numerous gallery and museum exhibitions. His work has been exhibited repeatedly at both The Rockford Art Museum and The Fort Wayne Museum of Art. his paintings have been acquired for multiple public and private collections, with a large canvas recently purchased for the Permanent Collection of The Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
In this episode, artist Justin Vining shares his story of going through Law School and building a sustainable art career from the ground up.
Justin Vining is an Indianapolis-based artist, specializing in landscapes and cityscapes. Justin studied Art Education at Purdue University and taught elementary art for three years. Following his tenure as a teacher, Justin attended Valparaiso Law school, where he rekindled his love for creating between classes and clerking. Shortly after graduating and passing the bar in 2010, Justin decided to pursue art full time and hasn’t looked back since.
Originally from a small farm town in Indiana, Justin finds inspiration from American regionalist painters and WPA-era public works. In his progress as a full-time artist, his artwork has evolved from bright, whimsical watercolors and acrylics to more classical oil scenes. In his exploration of oils, he’s begun working en plein air and exploring more muted, natural tones. In 2017, Justin plans on continuing his exploration in oils, balancing this new found love of plain air painting with his studio work.
Chicago artist Victoria Fuller has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and fellowship awards from the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities, and the Illinois Arts Council. She also received an Illinois Arts Council CAAP Grant, and was a resident artist at Sculpture Space in Utica, NY and Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, IL. Her large-scale public sculpture “Shoe of Shoes” is in the collection of Caleres Shoes in St. Louis. Sound Transit in Seattle commissioned another large-scale sculpture, “Global Garden Shovel,” and she was commissioned by Comed to create a the sculpture, Peas and Quiet.” In 2016 she was featured in Sculpture Magazine’s May issue, as part of the show “Disruption” at Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. Her most recent large-scale public sculpture, titled ”Canoe Fan,” is installed along the Huron River in Ann Arbor, MI.
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago
August 4 - October 1, 2017
Alberto Aguilar, Robert Burnier, Lily Dithrich, Victoria Fuller, Alyssa Miserendino and Alison Ruttan, curated by Victoria Fuller
Opening Reception: Friday, August 4, 2017, 6-9pm
Artist Talk & Performance: Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 2pm
“Domestic Disturbances” is an exhibition of work relating to the home, the human condition, and how our lives are reflected in what we call home. Issues represented in the work of Alberto Aguilar, Robert Burnier, Lily Dithrich, Victoria Fuller, Alyssa Miserendino and Alison Ruttan deal with what constitutes a home, and how homes reflect our selves, outwardly and psychologically.
In this exhibition, Robert Burnier’s suspended tent installation suggests the impermanence of home, whether in the urban environment, or in war-torn countries. So too does Alison Ruttan find urgent subject matter in the displacement of people, with ceramic sculptures of bombed buildings in Syria. In his photographs and installations, Alberto Aguilar explores formal and personal connections to objects from his own home, and from the homes of local Ukrainian Village residents. Lily Dithrich and Victoria Fuller also draw from everyday domestic objects; the former finds hidden meaning through the manipulation of furniture, and the latter manifests ordinary household items in extraordinary ways. Alyssa Miserendino re-photographs the photographs made by her father, who coped with a personality disorder by using a camera to connect with his family and home life.
Homes have such a deep connection to our identity and it is where our most intimate moments play out, for better and for worse. The loss of home by war, disaster, or economic hardship can be devastating. Objects we collect are both personal and impersonal – some have a personal history, and connect to our personal identity, and others are of throwaway value or simply utilitarian. The artists in “Domestic Disturbances” approach the subject of home through psychological and symbolic perspectives, as well as situational ones.
Surface Tension: Beauty and Fragility in Lake Michigan
A collaboration project between by Nelson Armour and Ted Glasoe
It’s a beautiful summer day in Chicago. The sun beats down on the azure waters of Lake Michigan, the fifth-largest lake in the world. Gentle waves lap the sands of a beach. Puffy clouds drift across the sky. But no one is in the water. The lifeguards stand watch over an empty beach.
Why? Because raw sewage has fouled the water. It was released into the lake after a torrential rain overwhelmed the municipal storm sewers. This scene has become all too common along the shores of Lake Michigan and in much of the world’s water supply.
But untreated municipal sewage overflows are only one of the threats to the health of our water. For example, according to the Alliance for the Great Lakes (greatlakes.org), other major areas of concern for Lake Michigan are nutrient runoff/algae growth, plastic and plastic microbeads, pollution from petroleum refineries and other industries, pharmaceutical pollution, and invasive species.
So we are faced with two uncomfortable realities: Lake Michigan is a beautiful, vast, life-sustaining natural wonder and, at the same time, a valuable resource under silent siege from pollution and other perils.
In Surface Tension, we explore these opposing realities. Ted Glasoe’s photographs of Lake Michigan invite us to contemplate and appreciate the lake’s power and its ever-changing moods, textures and colors. Each of these is juxtaposed with a Nelson Armour photograph of the lake altered to unsettle the viewer. These multilayered images reveal the unseen forces and traumas that threaten the lake.
Surface Tension challenges viewers to reconcile the outward beauty of Lake Michigan with the dangers that lie beneath the surface. It also asks that we all consider how our water is being polluted and what we can do to protect our water supply.
stARTup Art Fair is a unique contemporary art fair for independent artists. The boutique hotel fair provides artists and art enthusiasts with direct access to the art world, in three major cities across the country: San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago. The founder, Ray Beldner is himself a sculptor and new media artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He started this fair as a response to issues he faced as an artist in the 21st century art world. His work has been reviewed in several national publications including Art in America, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and can be found in many public and private collections including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Oakland Museum of California.
Are you protecting yourself from online art scams? In this episode Sergio talks to gallery owner Renée LaVerné Rose about identifying red flags and prevent possible scams to artists and galleries. Increasingly, scammers get more cleaver in there message and pursue of victims. Artists need to be savvy and smart to protect themselves. Share this episode with your friends.
Join Sergio and Dr. Yanina Gomez as they share their latest free eBook resource for working artists. The Artist Survival Kit 2017: Organization and Productivity Guide will help you organize your art career and use resources to help be more productive.
In this podcast, you will learn about tools for managing social media, back up your art, manage your inventory, sales, time and project management, learning and much more. Do not miss out on this useful episode and share it with your artists friends.
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Tim and Suzanne Smith are a power couple whose career path took them from the New York art scene to open a successful art gallery in the Miami area.
Sirona Fine Art is a grand showcase for artists who embrace classic academic structure and technique, yet have an understanding and facility within the modernist landscape in which their work is viewed. Art can appeal to the senses, the emotions and the intellect equally or separately, as long as it connects. Creators who skillfully present their ideas and personalities, constructed with a masterly hand, these are the artists Sirona Fine Art represents.
Do you feel like time is always running short? Do you find yourself struggling to keep up with all the things you have to do as an artist or creative? Stop chasing the world around and get practical strategic advice from Sergio and Dr. Yanina Gomez on how to manage your life/work balance in a way that makes sense to you. In this Part 2 of 2 podcast episodes, we unpack this topic with a few effective tips so you can experienced a more balanced life.